What is the Club Name?
Club Name is entered in the database exactly as it appears on the plaque. This can make searching difficult because of the various ways clubs spelled and punctuated their names. Examples:
|Draggin Angels||Down Shifters||Boltin Bishops|
|Draggin Angels||Downshifters||Boltin Bishops|
|Dragin Angels||Down - Shifters||Bolt-in Bishops|
|Drag "n" Angels||Bolting Bishops|
Also, many club names are spelt differently than you might expect - either on purpose or by mistake. Examples: Conquestadores, Conquestadoes, Conquistadors, Conquistidors; Satans, Satins, Satains; Juggs, Jugs; Magnetoes, Magnetos.
Sometimes, adding less into the search box will get you many more results, but the odd spelling the club used can then be found in those pictures. For example, in the example of the Draging Angels above, just entering "Drag" in the box will get a lot of results, but all five of the clubs listed above will be in those results.
When entering a club name in the database, we tried to always put the club name first. Example: The Eight Balls would be entered as "Eight Balls, The". Also, if there was a city or state in the club name, we put the name under club name, city under city and state under state. Example: Brentwood Oil Burners is entered as Oil Burners under club name and Brentwood under city.
What do I use to search for a State?
In order to make searching by state more efficient, we created a special field in the database in which we used the modern two character abbreviation. In most cases the modern abbreviation was not used on the plaques. Example: Washington plaques may have Washington, WA, WA., WN, W., Wash or Wash, on them. For many of the plaques, we determined the state that the plaque was from, from the shape of the plaque, identification of unique city names or even phrases and abbreviations like So. Cal., MHRA, SCTA. So in some cases you may search by state and get plaques that do not actually have a state on them.
What does the Logo / Graphic search box represent?
As we went thru and took pictures of the patterns, we captured things which were on the plaque in addition to the Club Name, City, and or State. Some common items you may find would be abbreviations - like SFV (or S.F.V.), NHRA, SCTA; sayings - like Dedicated to Safety; what type of car or character is on the pattern - like roadster, Playboy logo, Roadrunner (think Warner Bros. here), engine, top hat, cane, etc.
What if I still can't find the plaque?
If all else fails there here are three large PDFs of the database that have been presorted by Club Name, City and State. Plaques sorted by Club Name, Plaques sorted by City, plaques sorted by two digit State - we must caution you that they are ~ 5 MB in file size and 301 to 308 pages long if you print them out so they may take time to download, especially if you are on a dial-up connection to the internet)
You may find a duplicate in your search because there was more than one pattern found in either the 4,000 or 8,000 patterns from one company or because a club had their plaques made by both companies.